Trainees and Scholars

Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program | Health Services Research Program | Burroughs Wellcome Fund Fellowship | MD-PhD Medicine, Social Sciences, & Humanities | Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Research Informatics (TL1) | Short-Term Aging-Related Research Program (STAR)

CHeSS is proud to support over 30 trainees and scholars who are affiliated with the Center’s various training programs. Learn more about each of our trainees and scholars below.

 

Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program (NIA T32)

Melanie Nadon

Melanie Nadon

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

mnadon@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): BA, University of La Verne; MPA, University of Washington
Research Interests: Intersections of poverty, child welfare, and policy implementation

Grey Pierce

Grey Pierce

Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology

greypierce@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): MA, University of Chicago; MS, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Oberlin College
Research Interests: Gender & Sexuality, Aging, Medicine, and Health

Tanya Rajan

Tanya Rajan

Predoctoral Fellow, Economics

tanyar@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): BA, Mathematical Economic Analysis, Rice University, Houston, TX
Research Interests: Labor economics, rural-to-urban migration, household health decisions

Rebecca Anna Schut

Rebecca Anna Schut

Postdoctoral Fellow, Section of Hospital Medicine; Sociology

schutr@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): PhD, Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; BA Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Medical sociology; Structural determinants of health; Population studies; Health services research; Racial stratification; Immigrant incorporation

David Pavkovich

David Pavkovich

Postdoctoral Fellow, Section of Hospital Medicine

pavkovich@bsd.uchicago.edu
Degree(s): BA, Indiana University; MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center: Residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics; University of California – San Francisco – HEAL Initiative Fellowship in Global and Underserved Health; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Ongoing via distance learning 
Research Interests: Community Health Workers, Providing High-Quality Care in Resource Constrained Settings, Infectious Diseases

Ilana Ventura

Ilana Ventura

Predoctoral Fellow, Sociology

imventura@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): N/A
Research Interests: N/A

Angela Wyse

Angela Wyse

Predoctoral Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy

awyse@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): BA in Public Policy, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI; Master of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School – Cambridge, MA
Research Interests: Restricted survey microdata links to to administrative data from federal and state government agencies to learn about characteristics, material circumstances, mortality, migration patterns, and housing status transitions of the U.S. homeless population

 

Health Services Research Program (AHRQ T32)

Emily Claypool

Emily Claypool

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

eclaypool@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): AM, University of Chicago; BA, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Science and technology studies & medical anthropology to understand the nature of social scientific knowledge production and institutionalization in the interdisciplinary context of health and social service research and provision.

Abhijit Grewal

Abhijit Grewal

Predoctoral Fellow, Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program, Northwestern University

abhijit.grewal@northwestern.edu
Degree(s): MHA, Cornell University; BA, Wayne State
Research Interests: Healthcare quality, mental health, telehealth, AI/ML, health services, outcomes, disparities

Sae Han

Sae Han

Predoctoral Fellow, Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program, Northwestern University

saehan2025@u.northwestern.edu
Degree(s): JBS, Human Biology, Health, and Society, Cornell University; MPH, Columbia University
Research Interests: Intersection of public health informatics and health outcomes within the aging population.

Cashell Lewis

Cashell Lewis

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice

cashell@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): Masters in Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work.
Research Interests: Suicidal behavior among Black men, justice involved populations, health equity

Allison Paulson

Allison Paulson

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

apaulson@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): MPH, Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago; MLA, University of Chicago; BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Research Interests: Access to health care; premature mortality; substance use disorders; mental health; federal and state substance use policies; primary care; health disparities; disability; Medicare; Medicaid; evidence-based practice

Lauren Peterson

Lauren Peterson

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

lapeterson@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): AM, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; MPH, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; BA, Public Policy, International Studies, University of North Carolina
Research Interests: Medicaid policy, access to health care and home and community based services (HCBS), disability policy, health equity, health politics, state health policy

Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott

Predoctoral Fellow, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

dcscott@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): MSW, Michigan State University; BA, Aquinas College 
Research Interests: Value-Based Care, Policy Implementation, Community Mental Health, Diagnostic Taxonomy, Ideology, Professions/Professionalization, Economic Anthropology, Semiotics

Yalun Su

Yalun Su

Predoctoral Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy

yalunsu@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): M.Sc., Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics
Research Interests: Public Economics, Health Economics, Disability Insurance, Healthcare Innovation

Courtney Amegashie

Courtney Amegashie

2021-22 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

camegashie@uchicago.edu
Degree(s): BA, Washington University in St. Louis
Research Interests: Preeclampsia, patient education, healthcare disparities

Michael Boachie-Mensah

Michael Boachie-Mensah

2021-22 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

michael.boachie-mensah@uchospitals.edu
Degree(s): BS in Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Macular degeneration, macular hole, gut microbiome applications in retinal pathology

Julian Conn Busch

Julian Conn Busch

2021-22 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

julian.connbusch@uchospitals.edu
Degree(s): BS in Physiology, Seattle Pacific University
Research Interests: Applications of machine learning and deep learning in medical diagnosis, OR-to-ICU handoff procedures

Anase Asom

Anase Asom

2020-21 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

anase.asom@uchospitals.edu
Degree(s): BS in the Biological Sciences, University of Chicago
Research Interests: Hematopoietic malignancies

Paige-Ashley Campbell

Paige-Ashley Campbell

2020-21 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

paige-ashley.campbell@uchospitals.edu
Degree(s): BS in Behavioral Neurosciences, Quinnipiac U.
Research Interests: Regenerative engineering for repair for burns, scars, and nerve injuries, health disparities

Kavia Khosla

Kavia Khosla

2020-21 BWF Fellow, Pritzker School of Medicine

kavia.khosla@uchospitals.edu
Degree(s): BA in Public Health, Brown University
Research Interests: Pre-eclampsia, dysmenorrhea, adolescent gun violence prevention

 

 

MD/PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (MeSH)

Afia Khan

Afia Khan

afia@uchicago.edu
PhD Program:
Harris School of Public Policy
Research Interests: Health economics, antimicrobial resistance, social determinants of health and well-being

Joseph Krongold

Joseph Krongold

jkrongold@uchicago.edu
PhD Program: Public Health Sciences- Health Services Research
Research Interests: Quality measurement, end of life care

Maya Lozinski

Maya Lozinski

mayalozinski@uchicago.edu
PhD Program: Health Economics at the Harris School of Public Policy
Research Interests: Health economics, risk adjustment, machine learning

Steven Server

Steven Server

sserver@uchicago.edu
PhD Program: History of Medicine, Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and the Department of History
Research Interests: History of medicine and public health in modern Mexico; medical and scientific nationalism

 

 

Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Research Informatics (TL1)

Emily Dillon

Emily Dillon

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rush University

emily_dillon@rush.edu
Doctoral Degree: PhD, University of Dublin, Trinity College
Research Interests: Autism and related disorders, social communication (pragmatics), sex and gender differences in autism symptom presentation and predicting outcomes in clinical trials

Krista Knudson

Krista Knudson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Nurse scientist and clinical researcher, Rush University

krista_a_knudson@rush.edu
Doctoral Degree: PhD, Yale University
Research Interests: Critical care; ECMO; patient and family experiences; long-term outcomes

Lucille Ray

Lucille Ray

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Rush University

lucille_ray@rush.edu​
Doctoral Degree: PhD, University of Akron, Ohio
Research Interests: Studying hormonal metabolism in the gut microbiome, expanding clinical research in hormonal metabolism and circulation in transgender hormonal replacement therapy

Mazin Sabeh

Mazin Sabeh

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago

sabehmazin@gmail.com
Doctoral Degree: MD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Research Interests: Creating a new or improved CDR to rule out pulmonary embolus in low risk patients, 50 years and older at the Emergency Department

 

 

Short-Term Aging-Related Research Program (STAR)

Christian Carrier

Christian Carrier

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

Chcarrier@uchicago.edu
Previous Degree: BA, Biology, Miami University
Research Interests: Hematologic Diseases, Healthcare Delivery and Quality Improvement

Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

miguelgonzalez@uchicago.edu
Previous Degree: BA, Duke University – Durham, North Carolina
Research Interests: Plastic and vascular surgery

Peter Hahn

Peter Hahn

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

peter.hahn@uchospitals.edu
Previous Degree: BA, University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Research Interests: Healthcare Delivery and Quality Improvement

Cristian Hernandez

Cristian Hernandez

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

crishernandez@uchicago.edu
Previous Degree: BS, Neuroscience – Yale University
Research Interests: Developmental Neuroscience, Aging/Dementia, and Social Determinants of Health

Ifeoma Ikedionwu

Ifeoma Ikedionwu

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

iikedionwu@uchicago.edu
Previous Degree: BS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Baylor University – Waco, TX
Research Interests:

Cooper Ruwe

Cooper Ruwe

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

cooper.ruwe@uchospitals.edu
Previous Degree: BS in Biology, University of Mississippi; BGS in General Studies, University of Mississippi – University, MS
Research Interests: Effects of early life exposures on aging; social determinants of health; sensory functioning

Jay Suh

Jay Suh

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

jay.suh@uchospitals.edu
Previous Degree: BS, University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Research Interests: Diabetic eye disease, retinal diseases

Tiffany Xie

Tiffany Xie

Predoctoral Fellow, Medicine, University of Chicago

tiffany.xie@uchospitals.edu
Previous Degree: BS in Biology, BA in English – Indiana University
Research Interests: Social determinants of health, health equity, social epidemiology